Balanced Attack, Strong Defense Lead Crusaders to 18-4 Win Over Converse

Balanced Attack, Strong Defense Lead Crusaders to 18-4 Win Over Converse

BELMONT, NC - The Belmont Abbey women's lacrosse team won 18-4 this afternoon over Converse College.  The Abbey moves to 5-5 in 2017 with a 4-1 conference record.  The Valkyries are now 3-7 on the year and 1-3 in Conference Carolinas play.

It only took 35 seconds for midfielder Katelin Glass to put the Abbey on the board off a pass from Caitlin Cook.  At the 27:23 mark, the Valkryies tied the game at one.  The Crusader defense would not give up another goal for the next 23 minutes.  Rebecca Luca scored a goal to put the Abbey in front for good before setting Glass up for her second goal of the day at the 23:47 mark.  Senior Erin Kunkel scored a free position goal for a 5-1 Abbey advantage.  Luca went on to score a pair of free position goals in the period.  Midfielders Jordan Hofmeister and Madison Eberhardt each scored in the last six minutes of the period, and Belmont Abbey owned a 12-2 lead at half.  The strong Crusader defense only surrender four shots to Converse in the half.

The Valkyries scored a goal early in the second, but Rebecca Stromberg responded with a goal to put the margin back to 10.  She went on to score a free position goal with 22:05 to play.  At the 18:38 mark, Converse scored its last goal of the day.  Hofmeister set Stromberg up for yet another goal, and with less than a minute to go, Madison Eberhardt capped off the scoring.  Belmont Abbey won the contest 18-4.

On the day, Luca led the Abbey in scoring with five goals, while also handing out an assist.  Glass scored four goals and dished out two assists.  Stromberg scored three goals, all in the second half.  She also won four draw controls.  Defender Kassie Easter forced three Valkyrie turnovers.  Freshman defender Amber Eakins picked up a game-high three ground balls.

Belmont Abbey will next visit Chowan on Saturday at 3pm.